Events for Nakba week

Busy week coming up with Nakba day on Friday 15 May. Please note the following events organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

  • A lobby of MPs on Wed 13 May – email your MP NOW
  • An online rally on Fri 15 May – register NOW for a great event

 

 

 

WE NEED YOUR VOICE IN PARLIAMENT! Please write to your MP and ask them to attend our online briefing for Palestine next week.

Lobby your MP to attend PSC’s online briefing

Israel is gearing up to follow through on its threat to annex vast areas of Palestinian territory, a move which would have dire consequences. Last week nearly 130 cross-party MPs wrote a letter to Boris Johnson demanding the UK take urgent action. Now is the time to build upon this momentum!

At a period when we cannot physically meet with parliamentarians, we’re working extra hard to ensure Palestinian rights are not ignored. But we need your help! Please send your MP a message – using our template e-action – and let them know Palestine is an important issue in your constituency.

We have prepared an expert panel to brief MPs on the illegality of Israeli settlements, and to push for a complete UK ban on trade with them. You can get your MP to attend the briefing!

Write to your MP

This is just one of the activities we have prepared for Nakba week, with the other being a massive online rally on Friday 15th May starting at 7pm. We’ll be hearing from Palestinian speakers, performers and artists, as well as key figures in the solidarity movement. Register now to join us online!

We’re teaming up with Jewish Voice for Peace, BDS movement, and the South African BDS Coalition to bring this exciting global rally.

Special guests will include:
DAM // JANNA JIHAD // DIANA BUTTU // ROGER WATERS // KEN LOACH // TRIO JOUBRAN // GHADA KARMI // REMI KANAZI // AND MORE!

We hope to see you there too!

James
PSC Campaigns Officer

 

The Great Return March

Since Land Day in March 2018, Palestinians have gone to the separation fence to demand an end to Israel’s draconian blockade of Gaza and for the right of return to the homes & land their families were expelled from 70 years ago.

Israel has responded to unarmed protestors with live fire.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs over 200 demonstrators have been killed and over 8,000 wounded by live fire.

In March 2019 a UN Human Rights Council Commission of Enquiry found,

“the use of lethal force …. was rarely necessary or proportionate. The ISF [Israeli military] violated international human rights law.”

https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoIOPT/A_HRC_40_74.pdf

Many protestors shot by Israeli forces undergo amputations.

Gaza’s healthcare is in crisis after Israel’s 11 year blockade & questions have been raised over the type of ammunition used.

“What is unusual is the lesions and … that the wounds are very wide and the bones can be in many fragments.”

Maria-Elisabeth Ingres, Medecins Sans Frontieres.

What can you do?

  1. Write to your MP: (writetothem.com) Demand an end to arms sales to the Israeli Government until it complies with international law.
  1. Boycott Israeli goods: Support the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. https://bdsmovement.net/

Boycott is a traditional, peaceful form of protest. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jnr & Nelson Mandela all used boycotts.

Women In Hebron, 12 March

Public meeting on Thursday 12 March at 6:30pm at 59 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9ES.

Speaker Laila Hasan from the Women in Hebron cooperative.

Founded in 2005, Women in Hebron is a Palestinian non-profit fair-trade cooperative that was established as part of the Idna Cooperative Association for Embroidery and Handicrafts’ efforts to supply women in Hebron district with the resources necessary for the women and their families to provide for themselves through the production and sales of Palestinian handicraft items. Having grown from a small table along the main thoroughfare of the market to a permanent fixture in the Old City, the ICA has been able to open a small community center in the village of Idna, where members can gather together for educational and recreational purposes.

Travelling from Hebron specially to speak to the British public, Laila has made an arduous journey traversing Israel’s occupation barriers to be here with us and tell us her story: one of suffering and oppression, but equally rich in hope and vitality. An opportunity to hear about settler violence in the world’s most segregated city and resistance through craft, while helping to support the livelihoods of Palestinian women by browsing their handmade embroidery – this is a talk not to be missed.

Voices of Palestine is PCF’s national campaign to amplify the voices of Palestinians in the UK. We seek to re-centre Palestinians at the heart of their struggle for liberation, giving a platform to Palestinians to champion their own story, articulate their own discourse and reclaim the narrative through a series of events and videos. EUJPS is extremely excited to collaborate with PCF for this event! Click the ticket link to save yourself a spot at the event! We hope to see you on March 12 at the Muslim Welfare House.

Check #VoicesOfPalestine to follow the campaign. www.palestinefoundation.org.uk/campaigns/voices-of-palestine <http://palestinefoundation.org.uk/campaigns/voices-of-palestine%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank>

Massacre in Palestine, 1948 – commemoration 27 Oct

Commemoration of Al Dawayima massacre Palestine, October 1948

1-1:30 pm Sunday 27 October 2019 

Memorial stone – Regent Road Park, EH1 3DG
Regent Rd is a continuation of Princes St at the east end. From Waverley Station the road curves round to the right along the base of Calton Hill. The Park is to be found on your right.

 “As we got up on the roofs … we saw a vast plain stretching eastward … covered by thousands of fleeing Arabs … The machineguns began to chatter & the flight turned into a rout.”
Account from an Israeli soldier present at massacre, quoted by Israeli historian Benny Morris in ‘The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited’ (Cambridge University Press 2004) 

Flight

 

Ethnic Cleansing / access to Water

The event has now taken place but the organisers of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival filmed the talk – https://youtu.be/a_O-tEjMdXw.

 

Water as a tool of ethnic cleansing in Palestine

Dr Eurig Scandrett
Senior Lecturer in Public Sociology at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, previously Head of Community Action at Friends of the Earth Scotland

Thursday 3 October 2019 – 7pm to 9pm

The Dome, Potterrow (5/2 Bristo Place, EH8 9AL)

Dr Eurig Scandrett will argue that Zionist settler colonialism in Palestine has used access to water as a mechanism for the expulsion of the Palestinian population.

“180,000 – 200,000 Palestinians living in rural communities have no access to running water … [they] have no choice but to purchase additional supplies from mobile water tankers at a much higher price.”
Amnesty International, Troubled Waters: Palestinians denied fair access to water.

Part of Edinburgh World Justice Festival

 

 

Concert tour by Palestinian musicians

This concert tour in Scotland is produced by Palmusic UK in partnership with the Scottish Friends of Palestine and Dundee-Nablus Twinning Association. It has also been generously supported by The City of Glasgow, which is officially twinned with Bethlehem since 2007.

Our ensemble of exceptionally talented young musicians from Palestine continue their summer tour in Scotland this year over the first weekend of July.

Concert details 

Friday 5 July 1pm Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3DB

Saturday 6 July 3pm St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA

Sunday 7 July 7.30pm St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1 High Street, Dundee DD1 1TD

Concert entry is free, with donations welcomed.

The musicians

Guest artist and rising star Iyad Sughayer, pianist, will join Omar Saad on viola, Tibah Saad on cello, and Lourdina Baboun on violin for an uplifting programme of Mozart and Mahler piano quartets, and Arabic folk music arranged by the ensemble. Speaking of the programme, Omar says,

“These are celebrated works that we have all wanted to perform for a long time. The folk music is a reflection of our roots that we believe complement the western classical repertoire… With every group you have a different storytelling of the same piece and that is what makes these works great.”

Palmusic is supporting Omar, Tibah and Lourdina with scholarships to study at top British conservatoires. Omar has just completed his master’s degree in music performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, (RCS), in Glasgow. His sister, Tibah Saad, is also studying at the RCS with two more years to complete her bachelor of music degree. Lourdina is also a bachelor student of music performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Omar, Tibah and Lourdina have all performed with the Palestine Youth Orchestra at prestigious venues internationally.

Iyad Sughayer is a Jordanian-Palestinian pianist who is regarded as one of the Middle East’s most promising young artists. He completed his Master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, in 2018, and returned there in September on the International Artist Diploma course to study with Murray McLachlan, Martino Tirimo and Graham Scott.

Iyad has received numerous awards including the prestigious Gold Medal Award at Trinity Laban. Winter 2020 will see the release of his debut disc under the BIS Label, featuring the solo works of Aram Khachaturian.